By virtue of this afternoon's 3-0 Oaks victory over William Jessup (4-12, 2-5), Menlo College is now a win away from wrapping up their second straight undefeated California Pacific Conference season. The Oaks tallied one goal in the first half, opened up the second stanza with a quick score, and then padded their lead with a late net finder to take care of business up in Rocklin. Defensively, Menlo was relentless in their efforts in surrendering just four Warrior shots, notching their second straight shutout to move to 7-0 in the conference and 11-3-3 overall.
Fresh off his five point effort in the Oaks last match, a 3-0 win over Cal Maritime on Saturday, senior Alex Vukic began the scoring barrage with a 25th minute goal to put Menlo ahead 1-0. The Menlo Park native earned his seventh goal of the season, while junior Christian Abrego was responsible for the assist.
Abrego would be heard from again, aiding on a goal moments into the second half to double up the Oaks advantage. The 6'1" speedy forward locked up with fellow junior Andrew Cota at the 48:56 minute mark, with Cota knocking down his team leading 18th score of the year.
Fast forward to the 79th minute and sophomore Jan-Niklas Erasmy gave Menlo all the insurance they needed, with his second goal in as many matches to push things out of reach at 3-0.
The Oaks dominated the shots battle, 19-4, including 10-3 in the shots on goal department. Senior goalkeeper Alex Palomarez had to make just two saves in the victory, while Jessup's Tim Rusher was kept busy with seven saves, allowing three goals in the process.
All that stands between Menlo and their second consecutive undefeated conference campaign is a tilt with Simpson University this Saturday (Nov. 3) for Senior Day at Wunderlich Field. The Red Hawks will enter the tilt with a 5-1-1 Cal Pac clip, but the Oaks did get the better of them with a 2-1 win on October 17th. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00pm, with a special pre-game ceremony honoring Menlo's eight seniors, Alex Palomarez, Eric Angell, Alex Vukic, Hugo Conchas, Ian Craig, Daniel Martinez, Carlos Ramirez, and Jan-Niklas Erasmy to take place right before.